Please excuse me if I posted this in the wrong area, but I figured that acquiring my small flock will be the first step of managing my flock. I want 4 hens for my two children to help raise,(for eggs,fertilizer, and the good lesson). I would like , gentle, large egged, beautiful birds. My choices are: 1 EE (gentle , blue/green eggs, beautiful) , 1 buff orpington (friendly , good looking) , 1 Golden Laced Wyandotte (beautiful , eggs) 1 black copper maran (egg color) What I was wondering is, will it be very difficult to get just these 4 birds? I see that pet chicken site has the first 3 and a maran . Im not sure my location meets the requirement for 3 chick minimum. I only know one family that would ,maybe, split an order with me. I could also just wait till easter when my local feed store gets there chicks and pick up four of what they have. But, they buy from Mt. Healthy . Which looks fine, but they don't have the specific breeds I want. And im leery that they market there EE's as araucanas . Just not sure if Im worry too much about getting specific breeds considering the reasons im getting chicks in the first place. Thanks, BTW. Im still firm in that I only want four chicks , knowing this will change . I originally planed on 3. But I feel I have to originally stick with 4. If I had to absolutely get a couple more they would need to be quick to eat bird and I'm not so prepared for that yet.